A few months ago my sister was telling me about her college roommate who has perfect complexion on her face. I asked what her secret was and she told me “She uses no special facial products at all, she just steams her face everyday in our kitchen using a pot of boiling water”
And now, months later, I can officially say that the only product I use on my face (besides makeup) is coconut oil. For more info, see this post: Coconut Oil Facial Scrub (This post lists two options: a facial wash, and a facial scrub. If you are steaming, you will want to simply wash your face and save exfoliating for after you have steamed your face).
Here’s how to do a facial steam with a pot of water
**Disclaimer: as always with any DIY post, us common sense and be smart. Don’t put your face too close to the steam or steam for too long. I take no responsibility if you burn your face 🙂
- While the water is warming up, wash your face with warm water (or coconut oil actually works really well, just make sure it’s organic, extra virgin coconut oil). You want your face to be free of all makeup.
- Once your water is boiling, you can either use the pot you boiled the water in, or you can pour the water into a separate bowl. Rest your face over the steam and drape a towel over your head to trap in some of the steam.
- Steam your face for about 8-10 minutes and enjoy the relaxation of it! You can even add some essential oils to the water for added effect. I use peppermint for a rejuvenating effect (or if I have a headache), Eucalyptus or breathe oils if I have a cold (also great for allergies), or lavender if it’s right before bed.
- After you are finished steaming and your pores are now open, now is the time to use a mask if you have one. This will pull stuff out of your pours. I like to use honey and coconut oil because it works as a mask and moisturizer at the same time. Don’t forget to moisturize after a steam as it can dry out your skin!
Not into the whole pot of water thing? You can also get a facial sauna/steamer that does the same thing for a pretty good price. For now, a pot of water works for me!